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The Jimmys is an award-winning festival favorite that has brought people together from coast to coast, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean for over fifteen years. The Jimmys feature band leader Jimmy Voegeli--phenomenal Hammond B-3 keyboardist, singer and songwriter; an experienced killer rhythm section steeped in blues with Perry Weber on guitar, Chris Sandoval on drums, and John Wartenwieler on bass. The icing on the cake is the best horn section in the Midwest—Pete Ross on saxophone, Chad Whittinghill on trumpet, and Joe Goltz on trombone. It doesn’t get any better than this–The Jimmys will deliver!” - The Reif Center for the Arts

The Reif

I feel sorry for any band that has to follow this act. They rock!” - Roy Elkins

— Broadjam.com Founder

From the first note I knew this was going to be great! This band of amazing musicians (and great guys) left the crowd wanting more…what’s better than that? The Jimmys are welcome any time.” - Mick Salmen

— Director of Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center

The last time I reviewed The Jimmys they were recording live in Transylvania so it is good to see they escaped OK and have managed to put some daylight between themselves and old Vlad. Tony Braunagel drummed and produced these thirteen tracks, whilst singer and keyboards player Jimmy Voegeli wrote the majority of them. Guitarist/ singer Perry Weber also supplies several, including the rocking opening track, ‘Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet’, with its big sounding horn section. Marcia Ball (who guests on vocals) and Braunagel helped to co-write the Crescent City flavoured ‘Write A Hit’ with its delightful sticky rhythm, the Billy Boy Arnold-inflected ‘Always A Woman’ is from Gary Nicholson and Kevin McKendree, and Jim Liban was the source for the slow, BB King influenced blues of ‘Someday Baby’. The title track is a fine 50s styled slab of guitar driven jumping R’n’B, ‘Started Up Again’ draws unashamedly from Slim Harpo’s ‘Scratch My Back’. The closing track is a fine early 60s styled organ instrumental with a hint of New Orleans to it. Really, though, there’s not a poor track here on this recommended release.” - Norman Darwen

— BITS Blues In the South

Some bands grab the crowd on the first number. Such a band is The Jimmys. They are incredibly tight for a seven piece and have an infectious enthusiasm. They quickly became a crowd favorite.” - Dennis Massingill

— Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan

When not working on his Wisconsin dairy farm, Jimmy Voegeli flaunts his alter ego as the leader of a jump band that warrants notice beyond the Midwest. This new album brims with an honest feeling that stimulates the bandleader's casually forceful vocals and piano work. The other Jimmy's including horn players, respond with exaltation to every smiling suggestion he throws their way. Voegeli's lucky to have Perry Weber in the band; he's an exceptional guitarist who plays with an understated clarity and a sense of stakes. No slouch either as a songwriter, Voegeli sprinkles his tunes, like the faux-ominous "Grim Reaper," with witty lyrics. Two Weber drinking songs are two too many, though. ” - Frank John-Hadley

— Downbeat Magazine

By the end of the season, most of the area should know about the festival headliner. This is the first of two SW MN appearances this summer by The Jimmys (and the fourth in less than a year). Each time the crowd has grown. Surprised? Not really, with the energy of Jimmy Voegeli's keyboard magic, and the 'Amateur Horn Stars' of Darren Sterud, Pete Ross, and newest member Mike Boman. Plus it's always a treat when the veteran, Perry Weber, puts his Blues groove into action and takes over the vocals. And keeping it all together were the rock-solid rhythms of John Wartenweiler on bass and ex-Georgia Satellite drummer, Mauro Magellan. Plus, dangling a carrot (in the form of a Spotted Cow beer) certainly jazzed up the boys as the dance floor remained full for their entire set. The only thing the locals need to learn now is when Jimmy says "this is the absolute last song" then walks off the stage; ah, Jimmy doesn't walk anywhere. It took the emcee of the festival to encourage the Minnesota nice crowd to demand an encore! And the band responded with a signature "Ophelia," and finishing with the patented Voegeli high jump off the stage! Then the show was complete...-------” - Ken Tritz

— Ken Tritz, A Bag of Tritz, Minnesota Blues Society

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